§ Mr. Barry Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on his policies for the tourism industry in North East Wales. 
§ Mr. Hain
The development of regional policies is an operational matter for the Wales Tourist Board within the Wales Tourism Strategy published in 1994 and endorsed by Ministers.
It is currently working with the Regional Tourism Company, local authorities and local businesses to implement a number of initiatives including growth in the short break/additional holiday market and development of business travel markets. North East Wales is particularly well placed to benefit from these matters.
I have asked the Board's Chief Executive to provide my hon. Friend with more details. A copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.
In future this will become the responsibility of the National Assembly.